PhD position in experimental quantum information at the Center for Quantum Devices and Microsoft Quantum – Copenhagen

TheCenter for Quantum Devices is a basic research center supported by the DanishNational Research Foundation, comprising materials research, experimentalphysics, nanoelectronics and condensed matter theory at the Niels BohrInstitute, The University of Copenhagen.

MicrosoftQuantum Copenhagen is a research center sponsored by Microsoft Research aimedat developing topological quantum information processing hardware.

The position

TheCenter for Quantum Devices and Microsoft Quantum – Copenhagen are seekingapplications for PhD students to work on for the experimental implementation ofsolid state quantum information systems. Applicants should have a Masters orUndergraduate degree in Physics with relevant experimental experience. Researchinvolves nanofabrication, cryogenics using a cryofree dilution refrigerator, rfand microwave electronics, data analysis, and writing up results forpublication.

Informationabout QDev can be found at Information about Station Qcan be found at

Theposition is open from 1 April 2019 or by arrangement.

Inquiriesabout the position can be made to Principal Investigator, Charles Marcus (

Terms of employment  

ThePhD program is administered by the Science PhD school, University of Copenhagen.

Theposition is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Termsof appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry ofFinance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academicsin the State.

Thestarting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 322K plus additional pension contributionup to DKK 44,5K. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme  

Theposition is also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be)enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Physics or Nano Science.The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits thatyou have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the studyprogramme please see:,“Study Structures”.

Scholarshipand terms of employment for integrated MSc and PhD 

PhDgrant portions (Ph.D.‐SU klip) 

Inthe period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), thestudent is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions arefinanced by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant andLoan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on theBSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind ofremuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the StateEducational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), and becausethe value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danishstudy grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during theperiod of their MSc and PhD studies.

48PhD grant portions at DKK 6,090 each, corresponding to DKK 292,320 (approx.€38,975).


Asa supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with thecollective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations(AC), be offered ‘duty work’. In the period up to the completion of the MScprogramme, students performing ‘duty work’ are paid by the hour. UCPH has decidedto offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of ‘duty work’per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combinedprogramme of study remain). ‘Duty work’ during Part A if it has a duration ofthree years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 214.16 (+ 12.5% holiday pay),corresponding to DKK 108,418.50 (approx. €14,450)

Forfurther information about Part A please see:

Salaryin accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation ofProfessional Associations (AC) 

Inthe period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed asa PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreementwith the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme isarranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a timewhen there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, thesalary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collectiveagreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Theamounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pensioncontributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 30,600(including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 734,420(approx. €97,900).


Pleasesend an application that describes your background and research interests. Theapplication, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOWbelow.

EncloseCV with publication list, short description of your work relevant to theresearch field (e.g. PhD, Masters thesis), and names and contact information onup to three scientific referees (do not send letters). Copy of diploma is notneeded in the application phase.

TheUniversity wishes our staff to reflect the diversityof society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidatesregardless of personal background.

Application deadline: The deadline for applications is 25 January 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.

Afterthe expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment managerselects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selectedapplications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of thecommittee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by theHead of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committeeand the interview committee.

Themain criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicantand the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requestedto formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.You can read more about the recruitment process at


Generalinformation about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Deadline: 25 January 2019
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: The Niels Bohr Institute
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Friday January 25th, 2019